Calcutta Children's Book Fair | Crossword Kolkata | Promoting the Habit of Reading rather than Books

Crossword is a book store that opened in Kolkata, West Bengal, India around five years ago. The address is 8, Elgin Road. (Whatever happened to Dasgupta on College Street ?) Crossword is about to open a second book store in Calcutta in City Center 2.

To celebrate their five whole years in Kolkata, Crossword is organizig a Children's Calcutta Book Fair in May. A Telegraph article on April 20, 2009 quotes Sidharth Pansari of Crossword on one of the purposes of the book shop being to instill in children "the habit of reading, rather than books". Crossword has a huge section devoted to books for children for this purpose.

To mark the fifth birthday of Crossword in Kolkata, an evening event was held attended by Sharbari Datta (designer), Krishna Bose (politician), Alakananda Roy (dancer), Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee (elocutionist), Pramita Mullick (singer), Sasha Ghosal (singer) and the US consul-general Beth A. Payne. Pramita & Sasha performed some songs at the event, including Lalan Fakir, Rabindra Sangeet and Nidhubabu Tappa numbers.

Beth expressed her love for books, and listed Amitava Ghosh, Jhumpa Lahiri and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni among her favorite authors. Beth especially mentioned Amitav Ghos's "The Hungry Tide" and Sankar's "Chowringhee".

Visit our online Bookstore to buy these, and other, excellent books from great authors at online discount prices:

The Hungry Tide: A Novel The Hungry Tide: A Novel
Author: Amitav Ghosh

Chowringhee

Chowringhee
Author: Sankar
Unaccustomed Earth: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)
Unaccustomed Earth: Stories (Vintage Contemporaries)

Most information in this post is courtesy The Telegraph newspaper.

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